Sport & Outdoor by Melody Tan - Athlete/Event organiser

Updated: 7 Aug 2009
The Insider's Guide to Shopping

By Melody Tan

Bike Pro Centre
If this impressively-stocked bike shop in PJ’s Taman Megah can boast just one thing, it’s that its owner, Tan Boon Foo, is the most eccentric in KL. But it has more going for it than quirky ownership. Lightweight road bikes, high-end mountain bikes, helmets, clothing, gadgets, components and accessories... Bike Pro Centre is dripping with the products that make cyclists salivate. Prices rise to scary figures for the latest kit but that shouldn’t put average customers off; more reasonable basic and children’s bikes are also available for first-time buyers.
Best for... bicycle accessories
31 Jalan SS24/8, Taman Megah, PJ (03 7805 1989/www.bikeprobicycle.com). Mon-Fri, 11am-8pm; Sat, 11am-7pm.


Camp 5 Proshop
Camp 5 is now well known, but I go for more than the artificial rock walls and laid back café. It’s a place to get my rock climbing gear and my indoor workouts during the week. Holding outdoor and climbing brands otherwise hard to find in the region, the Proshop serves customers from across Southeast Asia. Key brands include Black Diamond for mountaineering equipment and Evolv and Saltic for specialist climbing shoes. Also check out Prana and Camp 5’s own range of clothing for hardy, stylish threads.
Best for... rock climbing gear
EZ501, 5th  floor, One Utama shopping centre, Bandar Utama, PJ (03 7726 0420/www.camp5.com). Mon-Fri, 12noon-11pm; Sat, Sun & public holidays, 10am-8pm.


Corezone
Corezone is, quite simply, the place to get good quality outdoor equipment in KL. The shop stocks an unmatched variety of products (including the broadest collection of Camelbak hydration packs I’ve seen anywhere), ranging from running supplies and travel equipment to camping gear and cold weather essentials. To top it all Corezone is owned and run by very knowledgeable staff, and that’s important in a shop where many of the technical items can baffle the everyday customer. For experienced adventurists though, the cosy, double-storey lot is just a place to drool over the latest gadgets.
Best for... adventure equipment
42 Jalan SS2/24, PJ (03 7873 5560/www.mycorezone.com). Mon-Fri, 12noon-8.30pm; Sat & Sun, 12noon-7pm.


Phiten
Unsure about sports recovery products? Try Phiten, who sells items such as tapes and bands that really help. The Japanese company makes necklaces, wristbands, tapes and lotions intended to stabilise the body’s bioelectric current. For use during exercise, start with the basic Sport Necklace or Rakuwa Sport Bracelet to improve blood circulation. Alternatively, the Aquatitan Tape is designed to aid the body’s natural healing process, speeding up recovery. Don’t expect Olympian ability from a band or bracelet, but if you’re serious about your body’s inner balance, Phiten is the shop to browse.
Best for... sports recovery products
S02, 2nd floor, One Utama shopping centre, Bandar Utama, PJ (03 7724 1940/www.phitenmy.com). Mon-Thur, 10am-10pm; Fri & Sat, 10am-10.30pm.


Rainbow Runner
Don’t be thrown by the name – Rainbow Runner is more interested in things sub aqua than terra firma. You’ll find no running shoes or marathon accessories here but the Jalan Ampang store is my favourite one-stop diving shop to get gear and book holidays. They also offer inspection, testing and repair services for diving equipment and, run by fully PADI-qualified underwater enthusiasts, can be trusted whether you are just starting out (look for special offers on complete scuba kits) or are a long-time diver.
Best for... diving equipment
383D Jalan Ampang, KL (03 4251 4368/www.rainbowrunner.net). Mon-Fri, 9.30am-6pm; Sat, 9.30am-4.30pm.


World of Sports
From the outside, World of Sports looks like your generic sports store. You’ll find bargains on football kit, tennis, badminton and squash racquets, basketballs, swimwear and more, but that’s not the main draw for me. Collections do vary but outlets typically stock a solid range of outdoor equipment, including some of my favourite brands such as Teva, Salomon and Columbia. These labels don’t come quite so cheap but they’re hard to find elsewhere in KL. World of Sports is a welcome stop for adventure athletes and wilderness enthusiasts.
Best for... specialised outdoor gear
Level 1, Bangsar Village, 1 Jalan Telawi Satu, Bangsar (03 2284 9914/www.worldofsports.com.sg).

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TOKL’s choice
Canterbury
Rugby doesn’t have a huge following in KL but there’s still a distinct lack of shops catering to the sport. That’s where Canterbury stands out, selling all a player needs to get kitted and booted for the oval-balled game. The collection of jerseys – from generic strips to national and team shirts – is impressive, so too the essentials that make Canterbury a must visit for rugby enthusiasts. Nowhere else in the city can you find such ready stock of mouthguards, pads, shorts, boots, and, our favourite, an extensive range of IonX baselayers. They’re not cheap but you definitely get what you pay for. Ian Johnston
Best for... rugby gear and jerseys
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G3, Ground floor, the Curve shopping centre, 6 Jalan PJU 7/3, Mutiara Damansara, PJ (03 7725 9498/www.canterburynz.com). Open daily, 10am-10pm.